Dr. Thomas L. Wilson, Associate Professor, is the resident experimental psychologist within the program, focusing his teaching and research in the areas of learning, memory, and cognition. He serves as advisor to students interested in pursuing traditional academic careers in psychology and regularly teaches the major foundation courses in experimental and statistical methods in behavioral science. In 1986 Dr. Wilson received his bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge, under the extraordinary mentorship of Dr. Michele Wittig. He continued his studies in human experimental psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he received the master's degree in 1988 and doctorate in 1993 under the direction of Dr. Edward Shoben. Along with his thesis work on the cognition of mental comparison, in graduate school Dr. Wilson developed an interest for questions of consciousness within the human cognitive architecture.
Prior to his appointment at Bellarmine University, Dr. Wilson was an assistant professor at Monmouth College in Illinois where he created a cartoon character named "Burrhus," a white rat in a laboratory coat that still graces the walls of the psychology area to this day. At Bellarmine, he is known by students as the professor who hands out graduate school materials to anyone who is interested and notebook stickers that read, "I Can Succeed in College." Over the years several students have published and presented undergraduate research under Professor Wilson's supervision, including studies of unconscious learning, the Mozart effect, parenting style, false memories, and the psychology of story comprehension. Each year he sponsors undergraduate theses and research presentations by all interested students at the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference. Dr. Wilson's enthusiasm for psychology is only equaled by his passion for oil painting, thoroughbred racing, and demystifying the role of the unconscious mind.
Dr. Wilson has been interviewed on the radio five times:
- Sept. 10th, 2003 -
- Oct. 24th, 2003 -
- Nov. 26th, 2003 -
- Aug. 13th, 2004 -
- Dec. 23rd, 2004 -
Click this link to listen to them.
Read Dr. Wilson's article:
The Psychology of Service Learning: More than Pavlov's Dog